Down Came A Blackbird part 2

Posted on January 15, 2010. Filed under: Book Challenges, To Be Read List | Tags: |

Wednesday, I posted my challenge for myself.  I also said in that post that if I “grew a ‘pair'” I’d show you my TBR mountain in photo form.  Well here it is ladies and gents.  We’ll just call this an “accountability” post.

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Born of Night review

Posted on January 14, 2010. Filed under: Fiction, Library, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Support Your Local Library Challenge | Tags: , |

Born of Night
Sherrilyn Kenyon
539 pages
Rating: DNF

Source: Public Library

Challenges: Support Your Public Library Challenge

Synopsis: from Barnes and Noble

Awakened from a drugged sleep in a cold cell, the Princess Kiara finds herself a prisoner of the merciless marauders who threaten her father’s planetary kingdom. Miraculously, a rescuer appears, but behind his fearsome mask is the handsome face of a dark avenger whose outlaw touch sets her very soul aflame.

Review:  I had read all over the internet that this series was supposed to be really good.  I am totally LOVING the Dark Hunter series so I thought I’d give this one a try and I was NOT happy.  I tried several times to get into this book and it just was NOT happening for me.  I guess what frustrates me the most is that I waited MONTHS for my number to come up in the library system and I wasn’t able to get into the book.

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Perfect Chemistry review

Posted on January 14, 2010. Filed under: 10 in '10 Teen Chick Lit Challenge, 100+ Challenge, 144 Books In 2010, 2010 Once Upon A Time Challenge, 2010 YA Challenge, Book Challenges, Fiction, Reviews, Romance, Simone Elkeles, Young Adult | Tags: , |

Perfect Chemistry
Simone Elkeles
368 pages
Rating: 4.75/5

Source: Purchased off of bookcloseouts.com

Challenges: 2010 YA Challenge, 144 Books in 2010, 100+ Challenge, 10 in ’10 Chicklit Challenge, 2010 Once Upon A Time Challenge

Synopsis: from Barnes and Noble

A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers. When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more. In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

Review: NOTE: I just recently gave away a copy of this book so I’m going to keep this review short so I don’t give away the story for the person who won.I had heard so many AWESOME things about this book all over the book blogging community that I felt that I needed to read this book in order to determine if it lived up to all the AWESOME things that I had read about it.  Needless to say, I am pleased to report that it most definately did.  While I was reading Perfect Chemistry I almost automatically thought of it as a retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet only with a happier ending.  I really loved the characters…You felt for them both.  Both of their lives are basically one big lie to keep themselves from being too vulnerable, but the scary part for both of them is that they both see right through each other.  The story itself was pretty great….once I got started reading the book I soooo did NOT want to put it down.  I really liked that the story was told from each character’s point of view so you always knew what the characters were thinking.  Overall, I most definately have found a new author to add to my list of favorite authors!

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Down Came a Blackbird

Posted on January 13, 2010. Filed under: Blogging | Tags: |

I found this post while I was out checking in on the blogs in my google reader this morning.  I’ve decided that I am giving myself  a little book “intervention.”  I have this problem where I like to buy more books than I get read in a month….so needless to say my TBR pile is looking more like a mountain right now.  When I grow myself a “pair” I’ll even take a picture(s) of it and share it/them with you.

So my challenge(s) to myself are as follows:

1. I will read AT LEAST 30 books between now (today) and May 13, 2010. In the next 4 months I will NOT buy a single book. NOTE: I will not spend my own money on books.  Books that I win, library books, or receive to review do NOT count.

2. From May 14, 2010 until December 31, 2010 I will challenge myself to only buy a maximum of 50 books in the remaining 8 months of the year.  That equals out to about 6 books a month.

Wish me luck…I’m definately going to need it!

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Going To Far review

Posted on January 12, 2010. Filed under: 2010 YA Challenge, Book Challenges, Fiction, Jennifer Echols, Library, Reviews, Support Your Local Library Challenge, Young Adult | Tags: , |

Going To Far
Jennifer Echols
256 pages

Source: Public Library

Challenges: YA challenge, Support Your Local Library Challenge

Synopsis (from Barnes and Noble):

  HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO?

All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far…and almost doesn’t make it back.

John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won’t soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won’t be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge — and over….

Review: I checked this one out of my local library.  I waited like a good little girl until my number came up in the system and when it came up I was really excited because I had read so many great things about this book. The very unfortunate thing was that I just could not get into the book AT ALL.  This is my first EVER Did Not Finish.

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The James Patterson Challenge

Posted on January 6, 2010. Filed under: Book Challenges | Tags: |

Here are the rules (I borrowed the information from the hosts blog):

1. The challenge is to read at least 10 James Patterson books in a year. You do not need to make a list of what you will read now or, if you want, you can. However, nothing is written in stone and the books you list can be changed at any time. Overlapping books with other challenges is allowed.

2. As long as it’s written by James Patterson, you can use the book in this challenge. Even if you are part of my Women’s Murder Club challenge, you can overlap books and count them as part of this challenge.

3. All books need to be read between August 15, 2009 and August 15, 2010. Books read prior to August 15th don’t count for this challenge.

4. If you want to participate, just post about it on your blog with a link back to here.

3. Audio and Ebooks are acceptable.

4. Please use Mr. Linky below to sign up. Use the link to your post about this challenge, not your main blog address. Links that don’t go directly to your challenge post will be deleted.

5. Once you complete the challenge, please post the link to your wrap-up blog post with Mr. Linky (I will put up a Mr. Linky for completed lists.)

6. There will also be a Mr. Linky for reviews, although posting your reviews are not a requirement.

7. You can take the button above and post it on your blog.

0 / 10 books. 0% done!

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Musical Chairs Review

Posted on January 5, 2010. Filed under: 100+ Challenge, Book Challenges, Jen Knox, Memoirs, Non Fiction, Reviews | Tags: , |

Musical Chairs
Jen Knox

Source: Sent to me by the author

Challenges: 100+ Challenge

Synopsis:

Musical Chairs explores one family’s history of mental health diagnoses and searches to define the cusp between a ’90s working-class childhood and the trouble of adapting to a comfortable life in the suburbs. In order to understand her restlessness, Jennifer reflects on years of strip-dancing, alcoholism, and estrangement. Inspired by the least likely source, the family she left behind, Jennifer struggles towards reconciliation. This story is about identity, class, family ties, and the elusive nature of mental illness.

Review:  I got this book from the author awhile ago (sorry Jen!) and it FINALLY made it’s way to the top of my TBR list.  This review is going to be short and sweet folks! Honesty, I enjoyed the book a LOT  even though there were some things in it that touched close to home for me personally.  I LOVED that Jen wasn’t afraid to put it all out there on the line for the reader (that would be me ;).  Overall, Musical Chairs gets 2 thumbs way up from me!

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A Personal Stand Review

Posted on January 5, 2010. Filed under: 100+ Challenge, 144 Books In 2010, Book Challenges, Library, Reviews, Support Your Local Library Challenge, Trace Adkins | Tags: |

A Personal Stand Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck
Trace Adkins
244 pages

Source: Public Library

Challenges: 2010 Support your Local Library, 144 Books in 2010, 100+ Challenge 

Synopsis:

Country music superstar Trace Adkins isnt exactly known for holding back whats on his mind. And if the millions of albums hes sold are any indication, when Trace talks, people listen. Now, in A Personal Stand, Trace Adkins delivers his maverick manifesto on politics, personal responsibility, fame, parenting, being true to yourself, hard work, and the way things ought to be.

Review:  I am a big Trace Adkins fan.  I picked this book up at my local library.  Normally I am not big into politics but after reading what Trace has to say about things I think that maybe I need to be a little more aware.   Of course these are just Trace’s observations about the state of our country.  From our war on Terror (“The war on terror is like herpes.  People can live with it, but it’ll flare up from time to time,”) to 9/11 (Trace was the first country music star to visit Ground Zero and he even wrote a song 9/11 called Welcome to Hell…it’s written in the first person the Devil to one of the 9/11 hijackers).  Overall, I liked the book.  I didn’t love it but it was still a good read.

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How To Tame A Modern Rogue Review

Posted on January 3, 2010. Filed under: 100+ Challenge, 144 Books In 2010, 2010 Contemporary Romance Challenge, 2010 Romance Challenge, Book Challenges, Diana Holquist, Fiction, Library, Reviews, Romance, Romance Reading Challenge 2010, Support Your Local Library Challenge, Uncategorized | Tags: , |

How To Tame A Modern Rogue
Diana Holquist
320 pages

Source: Public Library
Challenges: Romance Reading Challenge 2010, Support Your Local Library Challenge, 2010 Romance Challenge, 144 Books in 2010, 2010 Contemporary Romance Challenge, 100+ Challenge

Synopsis: 

Commitment-phobic Sam Carson has only dated model-gorgeous women. But one stolen kiss from a plain-Jane schoolteacher and he’s hell-bent on stripping away her floral dresses and teaching her the art of being bad. If only her good-girl ways didn’t make him want to be a better man…

Ally Giordano is at the end of her rope. Her beloved grandmother actually believes that she’s living in her favorite romance novel in Regency England and Ally doesn’t have the heart to set her straight. But now Granny Donny’s last wish is for a retreat to the country and Ally can’t refuse her…until she demands that Sam accompany them. And though his smiles turn her knees into jelly, Ally knows better than to trust a playboy…and she definitely knows better than to try to change one. Or does she?

Review:  Overall, I really liked this book.  It’s a little smut in a pretty package.  Loved Granny Donny…In all her Regency era mindset.  Ally was kind of a hard ass though…But still likeable.  I guess you get to be a bit of a hard ass when life dumps on you pretty bad. Sam has a heart of gold under all those bad boy tendencies too.  I’ve never read this author before but I do like her writing style a lot.  I’ll be reading more of her books for sure!

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100+ Challenge

Posted on January 1, 2010. Filed under: 100+ Challenge, Book Challenges | Tags: |


1. The goal is to read 100 or more books. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate.

–Non-Bloggers: Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post. To learn how to sign up without having a blog, click here.

2. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Manga, Graphic Novels, Library books, Novellas, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts.

What doesn’t count: Individual short stories or individual books in the Bible.

3. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

4. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010. Books started before the 1st do not count.

6. When you sign up under Mr. Linky, put the direct link to your post where your books will be listed. Include the URL to this post so that other viewers can find this fun challenge. If you’d prefer to put your list in the sidebar of your blog, please leave your viewers the link to the sign up page. Again, so viewers can join the challenge too.

1. King of the Wind
2. How To Tame A Modern Rogue
3. A Personal Stand
4. Musical Chairs
5. Perfect Chemistry
6. The Secret Year

6 / 150 books. 4% done!

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